The Best AEW Moments From 2023

The Best AEW Moments From 2023

In 2023, All Elite Wrestling extended its run of being the all-action, must-watch wrestling promotion that is many things but never, ever dull. AEW has had its share of controversy, but it has lit up the wrestling world, and the year that just concluded was another 12 months of box office drama and entertainment that will live long in the memory.

AEW’s impact has been huge, both in the sports world and the expanding universe of US betting, where the big matches of 2023 turned into major betting events. Here are nine of the best and most memorable AEW moments from the year that had bookies and fans alike on the edge of their seats.

The Devil and The Cleaner

A potential match between Kenny Omega and MJF had been teased on Being the Elite episode 368 when The Devil laid out his intention of surpassing The Cleaner’s AEW World Championship streak, and Omega subsequently announced a challenge on an episode of Dynamite. This was a great moment for fans, giving them the opportunity to see two of the best in AEW acknowledge one another, and it also teased what would eventually be an all-time classic match.

Punk and Joe Clash

CM Punk and Samoa Joe were involved in some of the best-ever matches on the independent circuit, and the launch of Collision this year gave them the chance to relaunch their famous rivalry. Fans at the United Center were rewarded when the Samoan Submission Machine resumed that battle by tagging into a six-man match that proved to be epic.

Remembering Jay Briscoe

The loss of Jay Briscoe in a car accident in January was an enormous tragedy that affected everyone in the wrestling world. In tribute to Briscoe, AEW arranged a fitting show, including a special main event match between Jay Lethal and Mark Briscoe. In an emotional night for pro wrestling and pro wrestling fans, both men honored the memory of one of the greats, and their emotional hug at the end of the match prompted a massive ovation from the audience.

Orange Cassidy Taking On Jon Moxley

Cassidy joined the elite of great mid-card champions by defending his International champion title on numerous occasions, but that run was brought to an end by Jon Moxley at All Out 2023. The clash between Cassidy and Moxley at Full Gear was eagerly anticipated, and in the event, it was Cassidy who prevailed against his biggest rival.

Big Signings

For a while in 2023, the prospect of AEW losing some of its biggest stars was a realistic one as rumors suggested that The Elite were about to move to WWE. Fortunately, in August, new contracts were agreed, with Hangman Adam Page, Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks ensuring their presence in AEW for years to come. The other big signing of 2023 was the arrival of Will Ospreay, who made an appearance at Full Gear to sign his new contract and confirm his move.

Launch of AEW Collision

The new AEW weekly TV show dropped in June and immediately became a fan favorite. It brought a different feel to the AEW, with a hard-hitting style, led by CM Punk’s promo. As the year played out, Collision’s ratings fluctuated and occasional Saturday night slots didn’t help, but overall, it has been a great addition to the AEW universe, showcasing a string of entertaining matches.

The Icon Signals The End

Sting has been a part of the wrestling world since the mid-1980s, and AEW fans have been privileged to watch him write the final chapters of his illustrious career. So, it was a huge moment when he announced, in October, that his career will come to an end at Revolution 2024. That is sure to be a spectacular and emotional finale, and its announcement signals the end of an era in pro wrestling.

Eddie Kingston’s crowning moment

Going into 2023, the King of the Bums had never landed a major championship but he put that right in style, starting with the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship. He followed that victory with a memorable win against his old rival Claudio Castagnoli as he claimed the ROH World Championship, and he secured the Triple Crown at the end of the year by beating Castagnoli again, along with Daniel Garcia, Bryan Danielson, Andrade El Idolo and Jon Moxley, to win the Continental Classic.

All In: London

AEW took a leap of faith with All In: London, and the company’s first real stadium show was a spectacular success as over 72,000 fans packed into Wembley Stadium, London. Those fans were rewarded with a feast of action, featuring FTR taking on Young Bucks, Will Ospreay versus Chris Jericho, and Adam Cole versus MJF. Fans are already looking ahead to next year’s London show.

Graham Douglas